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Save A LifeA Welsh Borders company is spearheading an initiative to help make the streets of Britain’s communities safer places for all.

The British Ironwork Centre, based in Oswestry, Shropshire is renowned for its stunning sculptures and artwork and its most recent charity project involved the construction of a gigantic Gorilla sculpture from some 40,000 spoons kindly donated from youngsters in Britain and around the world. The unique cutlery creation was unveiled by His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent in May 2014 and will shortly be donated to a number of Children’s Hospitals and Hospices where it will delight and inspire poorly children.

Following discussions with the BBC, who kindly reported upon and televised its last project, it was decided that a natural progression might be to construct a sculpture from knives and to use this project for the greater social good.

Team discussions led to the development of the “Save a Life – Surrender Your Knife” campaign, which will see the Centre embark upon an extensive tour of UK cities during the coming months encouraging young people to relinquish their weapons in return for a t-shirt or hoodie bearing the “Save a Life-Surrender Your Knife” slogan. Surrendered knives will be used to create a spectacular 15-24 feet tall Angel statue in memory of those whose lives have been tragically lost to knife crime. The Centre will also be offering the opportunity to those surrendering their knives to visit the Centre and participate in the creation of this unique piece of art.

Knives have already begun to arrive at the Centre, with a flick-knife and carving knife coming from Oswestry alongside an anonymous donation of a knife collection of knives. Clive Knowles, British Ironwork Centre Chairman, said “We have been incredibly encouraged by the response to our campaign which really seems to have resonated with the general public – many people are genuinely concerned about knife crime and making our streets safer for everyone in our communities. Many people are keen to ensure that their knives, household or otherwise, are safely disposed of and do not find their way into the wrong hands.”

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Focus Wales 2015Following the success of the 2014 festival, FOCUS Wales Music Festival & Conference returns to North Wales in April 2015 for its 5th Birthday! The festival will take place from 22nd – 25th April 2015.

FOCUS Wales will once again take over the town of Wrexham for four days, showcasing more exciting bands than ever before, from Wales and around the entire globe! It will also present a billing of upcoming and established comedians, films screenings, and a series of high profile and educational music industry seminars & events, hosted across various venues within the town.

Previous FOCUS Wales performers include: Euros Childs / Michael Rother (NEU! / Harmonia / Kraftwerk) / Catfish & The Bottlemen / Charlotte Church / Damo Suzuki / Cian Ciaran / All We Are / Kids In Glass Houses / Georgia Ruth + comedy from John Cooper Clarke / Gary Delaney / Norman Lovett + talks from the likes of Alan McGee (Oasis, Primal Scream)

To celebrate the 5th Anniversary of FOCUS Wales, there will also be some surprises in store which will be announced at a later date.

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Wrexham FC 150 lgooThe entire first team squad of Wrexham Football Club has followed manager Kevin Wilkin and renewed their membership to become co-owners of the club for the 2014/15 season.


One of the first things Kevin Wilkin did after joining the club in March was to sign his membership forms in front of hundreds of fans. At the pre-season photo call last week, the squad held up their completed membership forms encouraging other fans to follow suit.


The team joins over 3,000 other fans who are all members of Wrexham Supporters Trust which owns the Club. Chair of its Governing Body, Peter Jones said “We are delighted that the first team has renewed their membership, and all the new summer signings have also become co-owners with more than 3,000 fans. This underlines our joint commitment to success on and off the pitch, and that the players are just as passionate about fans ownership as the rest of us.

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ImageUpload,50399,enWelsh football legend and broadcaster Robbie Savage says he will be “humbled” to accept an honorary fellowship from Glyndŵr University.

The former Leicester City, Derby County and Blackburn Rovers star, now a regular pundit on Match of the Day and BBC Radio 5 Live, is to be honoured for Services to Sport.

Born and raised in Wrexham, Robbie is a lifelong Dragons supporter and looks forward to visiting the institution to receive the fellowship during graduation season in October.

I am very thankful to be offered this honorary fellowship from Glyndŵr University and accept this accolade wholeheartedly. To be recognised for my Services to Sport is a wonderful surprise,” said Robbie.

“Football has always been my life, my focus and inspiration. It continues to be my passion. I am so grateful to have been able to work in the sports arena and to have such an engaging career.

“I may be the ‘Mr Marmite’ of football but I have remained determined, direct and given blood, sweat and tears for the game I love.”

The graduation ceremony will coincide with Robbie’s 40th birthday celebrations.

Born in October 1974, Robbie joined Manchester United as a trainee in the famed youth team of 1992.

He played for six clubs and represented Wales 39 times.

After 17 years and 631 appearances, the all-action midfielder announced his retirement in 2011, to concentrate on his growing media career.

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image from fotopediaNightingale House Hospice is launching a brand new event this summer and is encouraging local people to join them in the UK’s latest running craze!

The hospice’s Rainbow Run takes place on Sunday 7th September at Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse. It’s a 4km sponsored run with a difference; all the participants get covered in coloured powder as they run! But participants don’t even have to run; with the emphasis being on fun and enjoyment rather than speed and finishing times, participants can walk, jog or skip if they prefer.

The event has its roots in the Indian Hindu festival Holi. This festival led to the creation of ‘color runs’ which have been popular in the US for a number of years and have now started appearing on this side of the Atlantic. Tens of thousands of people attend the huge American Colour Run events, which has helped spread the buzz and excitement of this new craze over in the UK.

Chris Jones, a local hospice supporter took part in the 2014 Manchester Colour Run and is looking forward to supporting Nightingale House with the similar event in Wrexham:

“I can’t wait for the Rainbow Run! I took part in the Manchester Colour run in July and it was absolutely fantastic. I’d never done any stretch of running before and I loved every minute of it. The fun-factor carried me and my friends through the run, and I can’t wait to have a great time with the Hospice’s Rainbow Run in September, this is going to be a great event for a fantastic local cause!”

Each year, more and more people are joining this new craze and Nightingale House are expecting a lot of interest in their brand new event.


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